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This is the time of year when flowers are blooming in gardens, in fields, and along roadsides. Microwave drying can preserve those blooms easily and beautifully, so you can enjoy them year round.

All types of flowers can be dried. Roses, daisies, lilies, pansies, mums, to name a few. A quick and easy drying technique uses your microwave and silica gel to preserve the natural color of your blooms. And it’s economical, for silica gel can be used over and over.

You Will Need:

Fresh flower blooms. (Pick flowers on a warm, sunny day so blossoms will have no moisture on them, for best results.)
Silica gel flower preserver (available in drug stores and craft stores)
Microwave safe containers (large enough to hold the flower and deep enough for the silica gel to cover the entire flower.)
1 cup glass of water
very soft brush

What You Do:

Select a microwave-safe container large and deep enough to hold the flower.
Cover the bottom of the container with a 1/2 inch layer of silica gel.
Cut flower stem to a 1-inch length.
Place flower face up on the silica gel.

Slowly sprinkle more silica gel over the flower until it is completely covered.
Place 1 cup of water in the back of the microwave oven. This keeps the flower from becoming too dry. Place container with covered flower in the center of oven.

Drying time depends on oven wattage, type of flower and number of flowers in your container. Experiment with this technique, to get the right timing, so be sure to have extra flowers available. One rose will take about 2 1/2 to 3 minutes on medium high temperature.

Remove container using potholders and place on a heat-resistant surface. Let cool completely before removing flower. If the flower is not dried completely, recover with silica gel and microwave for another 1/2 minute at a time.

Slowly pour off silica gel, exposing dried flowers. Use a soft brush to brush away gel particles from petals. Dried flowers are fragile, so handle them carefully.

Flower stems and leaves should be dried separately, repeating the method for the blossoms. Stems and leaves should be dried separately as stem will take about 5 minutes to dry, while the leaves will take only about 1 1/2 minutes. Once completely cool, stem and leaves can be reassembled and added to your dried flowers using wire and floral tape.

You will be amazed how beautiful your dried flowers are following this method!